Times Reporter: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to ban flavored tobacco

Political scientist David Niven weighs in on current discussions around banning flavored nicotine

According to an article in the "Times Reporter", due to the rise of teen vaping, Governor Mike DeWine would like all flavored tobacco banned, while some legislators prefer more wiggle room for consumers to decide.

"This is another example of the ultimate irony of iron-clad Republican control," University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven is cited in the article as saying. "They are not all on the same page, and realistically they are not all on the same team."

The non-consensus Niven says is typical of Republican leadership, but that DeWine himself has been consistent on legislating behaviors he feels are harmful to public health: tobacco, recreational marijuana or even abortion.

Niven, an associate professor in UC’s School of Public and International Affairs, is an often-cited media resource. He teaches American politics, and conducts research on campaigns, political communication, and death penalty policy.

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